I wasn't really prepared for the drama of the Christopher Kane show on any level--or the fact that some of the drama was going to happen before the show actually even started.
The venue was a sleek, metal-tiled room with sunny open windows, the sun glinting off the metal, giving the effect of the room being lit from below. As I settled into my seat, I noticed people in seats surrounding me getting up to move. The reason? Anna Wintour a row in front of us, surrounded by video cameras, mics, and flashbulbs. That explains the mass exodus--no one wants to be an extra in an Anna interview. I stayed put, however, to eavesdrop glean words of widsom from her interviews.
During the course of one conversation, her phone fell to the ground without her realizing it. Dear readers, I retrieved it, waited until she was done, and handed it back. (And yes, Twitter followers, she said thank you.) I was pretty sure nothing was going to top that momentous occasion. Then in walked Kanye West, in jeans, a white v-neck tee, and gold chains. He wasn't seen at all in New York, so this was sort of momentous. Celeb sightings have been a bit lean at London fashion week, but Kanye suddently upped the ante. A lovely conversation with Hilary Alexander about her new TV projects rounded out the morning--and this all before the show even began.
As I look back on the pictures from the show, they don't do the collection justice at all. I'm going to gush a bit here, but the collection was luminous and had me in awe. From the first metallic jacquard pieces with cabled tennis vests tossed over them, to the appliqued rainbow-hued flower pieces, this was a memorable collection. There were no show notes, so I'm not sure what all of the materials were, but the flowers were edged in sequins, and sheer--almost metallic--panels floated between more substantial layers of material. A series of ladylike pieces were shown with thick soled slide-on athletic sandals and open sneakers in a brilliant styling move. Then models wearing jeans and denim shorts with frayed hems but encrusted with gems pushed the envelope even further.
It was one of those shows that I'll remember for a long time.
**All Photos: Imaxtree